Tom Brusky

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Tom Brusky (born 1969) is a Slovenian-style polka musician and bandleader from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is the creator and webmaster of Wisconsin Polka Music,[1] and actively records, produces, and promotes polka music through his company, Polkasound Productions. Brusky has appeared on over fifty recordings worldwide along with artists such as Verne and Steve Meisner, Eric Noltkamper, Ron VanDenboom, Kathy Zamejc Vogt, Jeff Winard, and Frankie Yankovic. He performs roughly 175 events a year throughout Southeastern Wisconsin and abroad.

Tom Brusky was born into a musical family. Both his father, Jim, and his brother, Ron, played polka and big-band music professionally with bands such as Louis Bashell, Guy Lombardo, Chuck Hedges, Russ Morgan, Don Nedobeck, and Dick Rodgers. His mother, Jan, is an accomplished orchestral musician and pipe organist. His sister, Susan, is a Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI)-winning drummer who toured the country with a heavy-metal band in the 1980s, opening for such acts as Wendy O. Williams.

Tom Brusky plays the accordion, drums, bass guitar, piano, and tuba.

Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame Awards[edit]

  • "Sideman of the Year" 1998[2]
  • "Horizon Award" 2000[2]
  • "Sideman of the Year" 2006[2]

Tom Brusky Band discography[edit]

  • 1989 "Song of Lecco"[3]
  • 1990 "Generations Together"[3]
  • 1992 "Don't Shoot the Accordion Player"[3]
  • 1995 "Undercover"[3]
  • 1997 "Polkalanis"[3]
  • 1997 "Tom x 5 But Not Quite Live"[3]
  • 1999 "Polkas from the Digital Domain"[3]
  • 2000 "Did You Remember To Pack Your Accordion?"[3]
  • 2000 "Butt 'n' Box by Joe LaBotz"
  • 2003 "On the Bright Side"
  • 2005 "Playing Your Requests Vol. 1 - Classic Polkas and Waltzes"
  • 2005 "Playing Your Requests Vol. 2 - Timeless Ballroom Melodies"
  • 2009 "The First Forty Years"
  • 2014 "WEAK Polka Pontoon"[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wisconsin Polka Music". Musicians Network. Retrieved 2009-05-13. 
  2. ^ a b c "Wisconsin Polka Hall Of Fame Inductees". Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2009-05-13. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Brusky, Tom discography". folklib.net. Retrieved 2009-05-13. 
  4. ^ "New "Polka Pontoon" Is a Polka CD Unlike Any Other". http://www.poloniatoday.com/pontoon.html. 

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